Umiam Lake Overview

Ranked 5 of 43 sightseeing in Shillong

Umiam Lake is among the popular tourist spots and is 17 km from Shillong. Resembling to the lakes of Scotland, the beautiful lake was formed as a part of building a reservoir. The water body is also known as 'Barapani' (big water), sprawling over an area of 10 sq. km.

The location is frequented by thousands of travellers for kayaking, water cycling, scooting and boating. The lake is managed by Meghalaya State Electricity Board, while the tourism activities are developed by the Meghalaya Tourism.

Water complex offers a vast range of activities, which include row boats, paddle boats, cruise boats, sailing boats, water scooters and speed boats. Apart from these, visitors can also avail rides of river bus, speed boat and cruising boat.

The tourist location also features a garden, known as Lum Nehru Park along with the water sports complex. Surrounded by Khasi hills, the man-made water body is situated at a distance of 15 km from Shillong. The principal catchment area of the lake and reservoir is spread over 220 sq. km.

Admission Fees:

  Yachting: $4.44 for 1 Hour Ride
                              River Bus: $35.51 for 20 Minutes Ride
                              Speed Boat: $16.64 for 5 Minutes Ride
                              Cruising Boat: $5.33 for 10 Minutes Ride
                              Scooter: $4.44 for 5 Minutes Ride
                              Pedal Boat or Canoe or Kayak: $1.78 for 30 Minutes Ride
 

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Splendid Beauty Of Umiam Lake

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25th May 18

Fantastic Views of Umiam

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1st May 17

Beautiful Umiam Lake

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1st May 17

So beautiful

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Saurav Mantra
26th May 18

Beautiful Lake

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Manoj Menon
26th Mar 18

Barapani lake- beauty amidst nature!

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Anindita chakraborty
1st Dec 17

Huge lake

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22nd Nov 17

Beautiful view of the lake

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Reviews and Ratings

Amit Ghosh

Amit Ghosh5.0/5

559 reviews

Manmade water wonders

Unimaginably pretty water reservoir, creating electricity for the entire state. It's splendid location at the foothills of the Khasi Hills enthralls the mind. Located a few kilometres away from Shillong in Nongpoh, a drive by the lake popularly known as Barapani is sure to all the minds.
  • Manmade water wonders
  • Manmade water wonders
  • Manmade water wonders

Sambit dam

Sambit dam5.0/5

1 review

Umiam Lake- The Awe Inspiring Beauty Of Nature.

The Umiam lake also known as Bara Pani, is just an hour drive from Shillong city. It can easy be sighted from the highway and there are several viewpoints all along the road from were one can get a picturesque view of the lake and the scenery beyond. One can also indulge in watersport activities like speed boating, kayaking and row boating. All in all the scenic surroundings never fails to disappoint anyone and is one of the must visit tourist attractions of Meghalaya.

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  • Umiam Lake- The Awe Inspiring Beauty Of Nature.
  • Umiam Lake- The Awe Inspiring Beauty Of Nature.
  • Umiam Lake- The Awe Inspiring Beauty Of Nature.
  • Umiam Lake- The Awe Inspiring Beauty Of Nature.
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Atasi Das

Atasi Das5.0/5

1 review

Magnificent umiam lake in Shillong

Umiam Lake ( commonly known as barapani lake is a reservoir located in the hills 15 km to the North of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya, India. It was created by damming the Umiam river in the early 1960s. The principal catchment area of the lake and dam is spread over 220 square km.
  • Magnificent umiam lake in Shillong

Siva Sachin

Siva Sachin4.3/5

4 reviews

Umiam lake, Shillong

Its a lake located in Shillong. A very nice tourist place right beside the highway you find this and the view of the lake from the surroundings just amaze you.
  • Umiam lake, Shillong

Bharti Sharma maharshi

Bharti Sharma maharshi4.6/5

5 reviews

Good sightseeing

This is also known locally as Barapani. The lake has been created by creating a dam on the River Umiam. The road along the lake towards Shillong gives you a great view of the entire place. Just stop on the way and enjoy the atmosphere.

Ankita Sharma

Ankita Sharma4.3/5

17 reviews

In Nature's Lap.

It is also known as Barapani Lake and is situated around 15kms North of Shillong. Although the purpose of the creation of this lake by building a dam over the river Umiam in 1960s by the Assam State Electricity Board was the generation of hydel power, in recent times it has become a popular tourist destination. Other than simply being an incredibly beautiful location, it also offers activities like kayaking, water cycling, scooting and boating. One must definitely stop here and spend some time while on the way to Shillong from Guwahati.

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  • In Nature's Lap.

Bornav Ráychaúdhury

Bornav Ráychaúdhury4.3/5

18 reviews

Serene lakeside

The beautiful Umiam Lake can be visited while travelling from Guwahati to Shillong. It is surrounded by pine forests and hills. One can enjoy boating in the lake.Photo: clicked with Micromax Dual 5
  • Serene lakeside

Kausik Mandal

Kausik Mandal5.0/5

36 reviews

The speechless view . .

I just became spellbound when I faced the lake. While returning from Shillong, we just put a halt here for some refreshment. I lazily walked through the greenery which is not so dense. Suddenly I took a turn and the lake is just in front of my eyes. I just can't explain the beauty of this place. No words are sufficient enough. Tourist, go there, enjoy it.Tips - Try to stay at the government lodge near this lake. Choose the full moon night.

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Anshul taran

Anshul taran5.0/5

32 reviews

Nature at its best ..

Awesome lake it is. Situated on the highway from Guwahati to Shillong. Visited during the morning while coming from Guwahati airport to Shillong. Very big natural lake, you will fall in love if you observed it carefully, some eatables are available from the locals beside the highway.

Arnab Chakraborty

Arnab Chakraborty4.3/5

29 reviews

A must must visit place

Unarguably this is the most beautiful place in and around shillong. Entry fee is 20/- per adult. A small picnic spot is there also. The lake is one of the biggest mountain lakes in India and you can enjoy it's vast beauty by standing there and having a boat ride. This place is also called Badapani.
  • A must must visit place
  • A must must visit place

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